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Two Hurt as Lightning Strikes Parkway Tree

A Catawba County couple were rushed from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cannon Memorial after a bolt of lightning struck the tree the two were seeking shelter under from that line of quickly approaching thunderstorms that raked the area from mid afternoon through the evening. Full Story

 
Son Of Panthers Owner Dies

Jon Richardson, the son of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 53 years old. Jon Richardson was the president of the Panthers Stadium LLC, handling the building and grounds during the team’s early years, while his brother Mark worked more closely with the football side. Both sons Full Story

 
Boone Man Charged with Damage at Mall

Boone Police filed a number of charges against a Boone man after he crashed his 2002 Ford Explorer into mailboxes in front of the Shops of Shadowline Friday morning, then drove down the sidewalk a distance, running into and over ad displays, planters, and the like before exiting the sidewalk Full Story

 
Boone Town Council; A Tale of Two Theater Groups

Dire news for one theater group, great success for another at Tuesday night’s Boone Town Council meeting. Due to Appalachian State University deciding not to rent the Horn in the West Parking area for the coming school year from the already struggling Southern Appalachian Historical Full Story

 
Price, Washington Named Preseason All-America

Appalachian State University wide receivers Sean Price (Reston, Va./South Lakes) and Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) have been named to Phil Steele Publications’ 2013 NCAA Division I FCS Full Story

 
WHS Offer 'On the Table,' County to Counter

$14.2 Million—the bid is officially on the table for the Old Watauga High property from Fuqua Development.  But the issue is, after 7% commission is paid—$994,000, “But is that enough,” the question posed by commission chair Nathan Miller, to which there were at least three ‘no’s heard. Full Story

 
Jurors Awaiting Service in Watauga Excused

All jurors who appeared and were sworn in for jury duty in Watauga County for the week of July 15th. are now excused from service. You do not need to report back and your jury duty is complete for 2 years.  If you need more information please call the Watauga jury line at 828-268-6605. Full Story

 
Mud Slide Closes 'Three Lane,' NC 194 in Avery

Several people took a wild slide late last night after weeks of soaking rain finally led to a major mud slide as a section of a state highway 194 in Avery County has collapsed—a slide that will take months to rebuild and stabilize. NC 194—the ‘Three Lane’—disappeared after the hillside released Full Story

 
Out of Gas Pilot Uses US 321 as Runway

A pilot, heading to the Hickory Airport, ran short of his destination when he ran out of fuel—but safely landed on a stretch of US 321 near Granite Falls.  WSOC-TV interviewed pilot Eric Klein who was flying from West Virginia and was only a few miles from his destination when the fuel ran out. Full Story

 
Boone Best Western Poised to Reopen

It appears that the Boone Best Western Hotel, where three died this spring from carbon monoxide poisoning, could be ready to reopen. A number of local sources say that the hotel is being prepared for resumption of business.  Planning and Inspections head Bill Bailey said this morning Full Story

 
Prisoner Death at Avery Jail Under SBI Probe

The SBI is investigating the death of an Avery County Jail inmate, found dead last week.  Sheriff Kevin Frye released a statement this afternoon saying that, at 12:27 Wednesday morning, Walter Earl “Dood” Prichard, 44, was brought into the Avery County Jail on Assault Full Story

 
ASU Football Adds Four To Roster

Appalachian State University football has officially added four scholarship student-athletes to its roster, head coach Scott Satterfieldannounced on Monday during Sun Belt Conference Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The newest Mountaineers include inside linebacker Full Story

 
Kayaker Rescued at Elk Creek Falls

The rushing rain-swollen waters around the area were too much temptation for kayakers yesterday, one who had to be rescued in a late afternoon all-out effort of Avery emergency services.  The call came in about a kayaker who was stranded on a rocky ledge on the far side of Elk Creek Falls, Full Story

 
Butler Man Injured in Cove Creek Wreck

A Tennessee man was injured in a mid afternoon crash Saturday on US 321 in Sugar Grove. Trooper Hendrix said that 27-year old Adam Lee Potter looked down to the floorboard of his car after something dropped on the floor—possibly his cell phone—and when he looked up, he was off of the roadway. Full Story

 
Details Set for Fan Fest At The Rock

Details for Appalachian State University football's annual Fan Fest, which is set for Saturday, August 17 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, have been finalized. After featuring a concert with a modest admission charge for the past two years, admission for Fan Fest will once again be FREE in 2013. Full Story

 
Boone Motel Deaths Lead to Legislative Action

North Carolina hotels and motels soon could be required to have carbon monoxide detectors in the wake of deaths related to the poisonous gas. The House voted Thursday for the requirement in a bill with dozens of other changes to state and local regulations. Full Story

 
Fraud Charged Against Boone Man

Wednesday, Boone Police arrested Charles David Harmon of Boone, age 53, at the Boone Police Department, for misdemeanor Failure to Work After Being Paid.  Mr. Harmon is alleged to have been paid $4200 in 2011 by the 82-year-old victim with the agreement to do a roofing job Full Story

 
Two Sought in Trio of Thefts, Robbery

A shoplifting escalated to Common Law Robbery in an incident Tuesday at the Wilkesboro Wal-Mart, after an employee, following two suspects from the store, was pepper sprayed as the two made their escape. The two black males fled the scene in a burgundy van, NC tag BLR-3658, Full Story

 
Search on For Conover Man Missing 2 Weeks

A regional search is on for a Conover man, missing nearly two weeks.  A bulletin has been issue for Kevin Bowman, a 33-year old, described as 5’11” tall, 200 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a black T-shirt and Jeans.  Kevin Bowman was last seen around 9pm Full Story

 
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